virginia katz

land current

My Land series of works focuses on the sublime physicality of nature associated with the cycles of flux, upheaval, and regeneration found both in the environment and as metaphors in our personal lives. The bodies of work in Land begin from the standpoint of the picture plane: the relief scene paintings create form from the surface outward; the topographical works excavate below the surface of the paper, creating peaks and valleys in the paper through debossing; and the watercolor paintings attempt to disperse the image into transparency.

These three-dimensional landscape paintings, that began in 2010, represent the natural form that is our environment and presents them within the landscape painting tradition. They are composed of inches-thick acrylic paint that becomes recreated land formations through various layers of manipulated paint handling. These landscape paintings represent the physicality of our world and bring three-dimensional natural form into the tradition of what has been a two-dimensional painting practice. The works tell a story of humanity’s dependency on, and shared nature with, the environment and its continuing evolution.

The relief paintings are shown on the wall and on pedestals.

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Interchange

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand and Placed on Panel with Wire Fencing
20" x 16" x 5" panel dimensions
27" x 16" x 5" complete dimensions, 2018

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Intervention I

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand and Incorporated on Site
2018

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Intervention II

Acrylic Paint Formed by Hand and Incorporated on Site
2018

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Like So Many Leaves...

Acrylic Paint on Panel, Formed from Paint with Citrine, Peridot, Chalcedony, Gold and Silver Leaf
20" x 16" x 2.5", 2018

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Like So Many Leaves... - detail -


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Watershed

Formed Acrylic Paint on Panel
20" x16" x 5", 2018

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Unsteady Ground

Acrylic Paint Formed on Panel with Pearls and Turquoise
16" x 12" x 3", 2018

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Scorched Earth

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded on Panel with Garnet, Topaz and Amethyst
20" x 16" x 4", 2018

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Entanglement

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded on Panel with Aquamarine, Citrine, Uncut and Cut Diamonds,
Black Tourmaline, Rutilated Quartz and Malachite
20" x 16" x 4", 2017

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Recomposition

Acrylic Paint Formed, Torn, Cut and Sanded on Panel with Topaz, Amethyst, Ametrine and Quartz Crystals

20" x 16" x 5", 2017

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Flesh of Our Flesh

Acrylic on Panel
20” x 16” x 4.5”, 2015

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Flesh of Our Flesh


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Debris Field

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded on Panel
16” x 12” x 4”, 2017

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Dry Bed

Acrylic on Panel
20” x 16” x 4”, 2015

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Breakdown, two views

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded on Panel
72” x 52” x 6”, 2015

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Studio View


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Studio View


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Studio View

Acrylic Paint Formed, Peeled, Cut and Sanded

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Installation View


In 2006, I had been viewing satellite images of Earth on a regular basis. Thoughts of our living Earth being contained or enclosed by its surface and thinking of that surface as an anthropomorphized skin, deepened my awareness of the many literal and metaphorical connections that we share with the environmental form in which we live. I then began recreating textured, imagined topographical land formations on paper, employing multi-layered processes of printmaking, drawing, and painting.

These works began as monoprints, and are then printed onto a collograph. The process continued with stages of drawing and painting to create original prints. Natural materials, such as leaves, vines, tree bark, and soil, were incorporated into the transfers. Working on paper here allowed me great flexibility in embedding scars and traces of force into the work, which parallels the impact that man and nature impose on the land.

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Into the Abyss I, II, III

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Prints
66” x 36” each, 2017

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Into the Abyss II
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Deep Waters

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print
66” x 36”, 2017

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Studio View

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Into the Light I

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print
66” x 36”, 2017

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The Point of No Return

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print
66” x 36”, 2017

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Lost Horizons

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print Mounted on Panel
66” x 36”, 2015

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Bloom

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print Mounted on Panel
30” x 22”, 2014

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Dissections

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Original Print Mounted on Panel
30" x 22”, 2014

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Force Fields – Wetlands

Mixed Media, Mixed Process Originial Print
30” x 22”, 2007

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Installation View


This series of watercolor paintings is a response to the three-dimensional nature of the relief paintings in Land. The choices of materials and techniques are important considerations in completing my paintings. Here, three-dimensional form is de-emphasized and is represented by the use of transparent paint on paper. Working with transparency that, in most cases is monochromatic and almost colorless, I ‘let go’ of physicality and attempt to enter the meta-physical.

The images depict cycles of upheaval and evolution which are metaphors for those kinds of experiences in our lives. Since we share our origins with the rest of nature, we can attribute and claim similar transformation and rebirth. Visiting a tsunami site in Japan after the great earthquake of 2011, as well as witnessing burn areas in Southern California and flash flood zones in the Southwest, deepened my awareness of the precarious spectrum of life in the world as well as on an individual basis.

All three series in Land are ongoing...

Dissipation
Rebirth

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2017

Dissipation
At One

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2015

Dissipation
After The Tsunami

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Off in the Distance

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Generations

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2017

Dissipation
Turbulence and Rough Seas

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12" each, 2016

Dissipation
Merging Into Space

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Aftermath

Watercolor on Paper
18" x 24", 2017

Dissipation
Bloodline

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2017

Dissipation
Fade to White

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Decomposition

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2017

Dissipation
Treading the Unknown

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2017

Dissipation
City of the Lost but not Forgotten

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Dissipation

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2015

Dissipation
Into the Ether

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Transition

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Debris Field II

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2018

Dissipation
Buried

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2017

Dissipation
Bramble

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2018